Vista Grande Trail

EASY 2 reviews

Vista Grande Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raton, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 167 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

bird watching


wild flowers

2 months ago

The Vista Grande trail is a short, easy loop that starts at the end of the Soda Pocket campground. It starts in a forest of Gambel Oak, and climbs to a nice open viewpoint looking over Sugarite Canyon to the east and Little Horse Mesa to the north. There is even a bench here. The trail then descends through Gambel oak woods past springs/wetlands filled with yellow coneflowers. The trail skirts through some oak woods that were burned in the 2011 Track fire, but just for a short bit before looping back to the starting point. Definitely worth the time if you make the drive up the dirt road to Soda Pocket.

2 months ago

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